THE POWER VERTICAL: Playing Putin’s Border Game
Language matters, but in Avdiyivka, as elsewhere, Moscow has been masterful in framing issues to its liking.
Shaltai-Boltai -- Russia's Humpty Dumpty Hackers
They're known as Humpty Dumpty -- and are at the center of the spy scandal that's gripped Moscow. But who are they?
Romanian Leader Defies Calls To Resign In Face Of Protests
Many people vowed to continue with street protests in Bucharest calling for the prime minister to resign, after the government conceded to their demand to withdraw a decree decriminalizing some official corruption.
Controversial Wall Torn Down in Kosovo's Mitrovica
Local Kosovar Serb authorities in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica have demolished a concrete wall they had built near the Ibar River in December 2016 that they called a landslide barrier.
Migrants Struggle Through The Night In Frozen Belgrade
RFE/RL's Balkan Service spent the night with migrants and refugees trying to cope with freezing conditions in an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade.
Kremlin Wants Apology From Fox News For ‘Killer’ Comment
The Kremlin says it wants an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump Discusses NATO Visit, Ukraine In Call With Stoltenberg
The White House says President Donald Trump has discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine during a call with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and agreed to attend a meeting of alliance leaders later this year.
Azerbaijan's Aliyev In Brussels For Talks On New Partnership Agreement
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in Brussels for talks on a new partnership agreement to enhance bilateral relations between Baku and the European Union.
After Weeklong Bombardment, Devastated Ukrainian City Awakens To 'Relative Calm'
Residents of Avdiyivka awoke to relative calm on February 4 after a week of heavy artillery bombardments that shattered lives, killed dozens, and caused President Petro Poroshenko to declare a state of emergency.
Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Say Top Commander Killed In Car Bombing
Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine say one of their top commanders was killed when his car exploded early on February 4.
Is Kadyrov Creating A Religious Cult?
A laudatory short poem dedicated to Ramzan Kadyrov and reposted on an Instagram account addresses him using language used by Muslim believers referring to Allah, or god. Kadyrov’s admirers eagerly monitor his social media accounts for “wisdom,” which they repost for targeted groups. (in Russian, North Caucasus Service)
A Century Later, Faberge Still Dazzles
One hundred years ago this month, the legendary St. Petersburg firm of Peter Carl Faberge put the finishing touches on the last imperial Easter egg it ever produced.
Who Rules Ukraine’s Media Market?
President Petro Poroshenko and four oligarchs own 75 percent of Ukraine’s TV market. Channels belonging to Rinat Akhmetov, Ihor Kolomoiskiy, Dmitriy Firtash, Viktor Pinchuk,and the president are widely seen as vehicles for promoting their owners’ political ambitions. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister, To Run For President
Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariev has announced that he will run for president in the next election, scheduled for the autumn.
Turkmenistan Silent On Imprisoned RFE/RL Correspondent
Three months after RFE/RL contributor Khudayberdy Allashov and his mother were imprisoned on charges of possessing chewing tobacco, a widely available substance in Turkmenistan, his fate remains unknown.
COMMENTARY: For Montenegro, On The Brink Of Joining NATO, Stakes Are High
Most Read/Russia: We Are Not Threatened By War
Prominent journalist and former deputy Alexander Nevzorov, a Kremlin-supporter-turned-critic, told RFE/RL that war affords certain benefits to Moscow, providing a pretext to plunder the budget and sow confusion, but that the experience of the two Chechen wars shows “the Russian army was incapable then, and unable to fight now.” (over 95k views on Russian Service website)
PODCAST: Central Asia Prepares For Trump Administration
An expert panel discusses what U.S. policy toward Central Asia might look like under President Donald Trump, and what the Central Asian states can realistically hope for from the new U.S. administration.
POLYGRAPH.Info: Moldovan President Says ‘No Advantages’ From EU Agreement: False